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Jul 03

Sia Figiel

QUICK FACTS:

NAME: Sia Figiel

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PLACE OF BIRTH: Apia, Samoa

EDUCATION: Started her Bachelors degree in New Zealand and completed her studies at Whiteworth College in the U.S. She has held residencies at the Institucio de les Lletres Catalanes in Spain, the Pacific Writing Forum at the University of the South Pacific, the University of Technology in Sydney, and the Center for Pacific Islands Studies at the University of Hawaii.

 

KNOWN FOR: A Novelist and a contemporary performance poet.

VILLAGES IN SAMOA: Matautu-tai

 

SHORT BIO / CAREER HIGHLIGHTS:

  • Sia has publicly stated that one of her influences in life has been the work of fellow Samoan and Novelist – Albert Wendt.
  • Won Polynesian Literary Competition in 1994
  • Won best First Book Award in the South East Asia/South Pacific region of the Commonwealth Writers Prize in 1997
  • Recognized as the First Samoan Novelist in New Zealand
  • First Pacific Islander to read at the Shakespeare Globe Theatre in London

 

 

 

 

 

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